June 6, 2017

My Picky Eater

It's hard to tell these days, but I think my daughter is the pickiest eater yet!  Here's why:  She's not really a sandwich kid; grilled cheese , Pb&j, turkey and cheese.  Granted, she's only three so there's still time, but 90% of the time , she won't eat that stuff if I make them.  I swear she eats better and more when she's watching something on the tablet or TV.  But, that's distracted eating and not the best habit to start.  I only do that here and there and when necessary. 

Claire's main food groups include pretzels, chips,  cheese sticks, apples with peanut butter, mostly peanut butter, grilled cheese and pizza if we go out because she eats better when we eat out, chicken, and spaghetti with red sauce. She's finicky when it comes to mac and cheese. I KNOW.  Sometimes I let her have an organic fruit strip I buy at target and of course , ice cream occasionally because why not.  She's not into yogurt , but I do give her the mint chip yasso bars here and there and she thinks it's mint chip ice cream. Win-win.  Sometimes oranges will be had, more like 1 or 2 pieces a random asked for banana and strawberries NOT to be cut up.

Three is a tough age already without having to worry about what your kid eats in a day.  Dinner time is typically alright, but we've been trying to establish the one bite rule for, oh, 2 years now? It's where I keep telling her she has to try everything on her plate, even it's it's just one bite.  That works 50% of the time right now.  Usually if I cook for my husband and I, the meal is typically kid friendly as well and I'll give her what we are having, adding on some kind of fruit and a veggie ( usually it's corn because she's the best with that). Oh and apparently corn is not a vegetable. I know it's a starch and a grain but my kid likes it the most right now, so, bite me. I'm constantly googling recipes I can make for her that will sneak in greens like spinach and zucchini.  I made zucchini chicken nuggets the other day and she didn't even try them because they weren't dinosaur shaped.  Oh man, I have my work cut out for me.   Side note:  they are delish! in my opinion and would be a great appetizer for a gathering. 

I picked up sweet potato fries and baked those up. She of course, devoured them.  Hey, I'm trying here and my kid is at least eating something.  The only thing I've made so far that she seems to have zero complaints about is a zucchini, spinach, carrot and onion tomato sauce. I just cook all of those veggies down in coconut oil spray or a little vegetable oil until soft and then add a jar of lower sodium marinara sauce.  I then carefully place all of that in a blender and blend until all veggies are smooth.  BOOM.  Season with salt and pepper.  It's really good and I've eaten it for leftovers myself. I also usually give her whole grain pasta.  Which reminds me, I have to make more of that soon!

Here is the chicken nugget recipe if you're interested.
*I purchased zoodles, then just blended them in the blender. There will be a  lot of moisture/water.  I placed the zoodle mixture in a paper towel in a strainer in the sink to get most of the moisture out.* 

Next on my list to make: mac and cheese 'muffins' and more sauce!!

Any tips/tricks you use to get your kids to eat more/better?  
It certainly depends on the kid because they are all different.  I just wish I could go back to 6 months when she was loving everything!!!

Do you have a picky eater? What do they love/hate?

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